If there was one fictional universe we’d genuinely love to live in, it’d have to be Star Wars. If we could have Force powers, zoom around in a pod racer, or even just visit all the amazing planets that the heroes of Star Wars take for granted, we’d never ask for anything again. But that’s where the games come in really handy, allowing us to live out our Star Wars dreams without ever having to face down an actual real-life Sith Lord. Which is probably just as well, really.
So in no particular order, here are 7 of our favourite moments from the Star Wars video games… But beware of major game spoilers ahead!
1. The first time we stepped into a podracer
Star Wars Episode 1: Racer
Whatever your opinion of The Phantom Menace, podracing is an amazing concept and we would pay good money to be able to do it for real. Which is why Star Wars Episode 1: Racer gave us everything we could have dreamed of.
What could be better than zooming through increasingly difficult tracks on desert planets in a souped-up podracer that was always seconds away from overheating? And we even got to switch out bits of podracer machinery for upgrades. Sure, we didn’t always know what they were or what they did, but we definitely knew how to make our pod look rad.
2. Kylo Ren’s fanboy collection
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Look, we love LEGO video game humour. And this scene accounts for a lot of our affection for all things LEGO. Everyone’s favourite maladjusted Dark Side fan Kylo Ren opens his door to speak with a soldier, and in between receiving important plot information, he has to keep hiding all the bits of Darth Vader memorabilia he’s got plastered all over his room. Even when he shuts the door and has a temper tantrum, at least when he opens the door again his Darth Vader posters and lamp are intact. We get it, Kylo Ren. He’s your hero.
3. Gaining incredible Force powers
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
As Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, abandoned orphan Starkiller starts out as a proper ol’ bad guy, but gradually starts to discover he’s not as inherently evil as he’d like to think. Learning new Force abilities throughout the course of the game made fighting a lot more satisfying, especially when you were playing the Wii version and got to wave your arms around like you were doing it for real.
And come on, who wouldn’t enjoy being able to drag everything from TIE Fighters to Imperial Star Destroyers out of the sky with your bare hands?
4. Carrying out Order 66
Star Wars Battlefront II
Order 66, for those Padawans who haven’t learned about it yet, was a dastardly plan organised by the Empire which forced the clone armies to turn on their Jedi masters, ultimately leading to the near-annihilation of the Jedi Order. (Incidentally, it’s in the aftermath of Order 66 that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order takes place, but that’s another story).
In Battlefront II, we got to play as an Imperial clone trooper whose battalion teamed up with Darth Vader himself to take on armies of lightsaber-wielding Jedi in the Coruscant Jedi Temple. The whole scenario was appropriately heart-wrenching, and while on the one hand you know you’re really fighting for the wrong side, it was also pretty satisfying to take out fully-fledged Jedi Knights…
5. Discovering your true identity
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
This was a tough one, because there are a lot of amazing moments in this game. But arguably the best of all is the moment where you discover that after all your adventuring, and all the friendships you’ve made and battles you’ve fought… it turns out that you’re not the person you thought you were.
You were lied to. You were once the very villain whose name is still whispered in fear across the galaxy, a former Jedi turned evil, with your memories erased by the Jedi Order in a desperate attempt to turn you away from the Dark Side. And then you have to make a decision, either to embrace your inner evil, or to accept that you’ve been irretrievably altered forever…
6. Abandoning your comrade on Kashyyyk
Star Wars Republic Commando
Playing once again as a clone trooper, this time you’re the elite leader of the Delta Squad, sent across the galaxy to carry out assassinations and sabotage pretty much anything that the opposition leaves lying around. Your squadmates are pretty great, and you get very attached to them over the course of your various missions.
Which is why when your sniper buddy Sev gets into trouble, you’d expect to abandon everything and embark on a desperate rescue mission to save him. Except you can’t. After everything you’ve been through together, you have to abandon him to his fate and move on. It’s for the good of the galaxy, but gosh darn does it hurt.
7. That scary bit with Darth Nihilus
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
This villain’s introduction was one of the darkest moments we’ve ever seen in a Star Wars game. Okay, so he’s a Sith Lord, so we’d expect him to be a bit on the mean side, but physically and mentally torturing his own apprentice right after destroying her home planet? That’s just not very nice.
If you didn’t get the shivers at how utterly, unapologetically evil this guy is, you might just be a secret Sith Lord yourself.
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